Who: UC Davis at No. 5 Stanford
Records: Aggies, 2-2; Cardinal, 0-0
Where: Taube Family Tennis Stadium – Palo Alto, Calif.
When: Today at 3 p.m.
Who to watch: Freshman Dahra Zamudio is proving she’ll be someone to watch this whole season.
In her first two matches as an Aggie, the Orange, Calif. native made quick work of her opponents, defeating Portland State’s Caitlin Stocking 6-0, 6-0 and Portland’s Stefanie Doolittle 6-2, 6-1.
“We were very pleased with Dahra’s effort,” said coach Bill Maze. “She’s just a darn good competitor. In her first games of her collegiate career, clearly she handled things beautifully.“
Zamudio looks to rebound from a pair of losses last weekend against Arizona’s Sarah Landsman and Arizona State’s Lalia Abdala.
Did you know? Maze is in his 11th year with the UC Davis women’s tennis team – a tenure that equated visits to the NCAA Division II Championships in each of his first eight seasons, including five quarterfinal appearances. Maze has gone 129-91 overall and 43-5 in conference.
Preview: The Aggies travel to Palo Alto looking to shock the Cardinal in their home opener today.
“Over the last 20 to 30 years, Stanford has been one of the best teams in the country,” Maze said. “It’s going to be a real test, but I’m sure we’ll find some silver lining in the match and we’ll see how it goes.“
UC Davis suffered a pair of 7-0 losses over the weekend, falling to Arizona and Arizona State on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
The No. 1 doubles team of senior Randi Schuler and junior Desiree Stone provided the lone bright spot for the Aggies, as they knocked off Arizona’s Natasha Marks and Claire Rietsch, 6-5 (6).
– Matt Miller